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Foxes boosted by Vardy return

14th September 2018, 11:06 by Craig Smithson

Leicester will have Jamie Vardy back for Saturday's trip to Bournemouth, while there could be a debut for summer buy Caglar Soyuncu.

Vardy has missed the last three matches through suspension following his straight red card during the home win against Wolves on August 18.

The 31-year-old has also had a more relaxed international break after asking not to be considered for England duty any more to allow younger players to get their chance, although he has not closed the door completely on playing for the national team again.

Leicester resume their Premier League campaign on the south coast on Saturday and ahead of the match, boss Claude Puel said: "He's not played a lot but I hope he can find his rhythm and tempo.

"I was happy to keep him for a few weeks and hopefully we can have Jamie with good fitness to play the next game.

"He's refreshed and will bring a good mentality, and he is hungry."

Meanwhile, Soyuncu is "fit and ready" to make his Foxes debut.

The 22-year-old centre-back has yet to feature since his £19million arrival from Bundesliga side Freiburg on the final day of the summer transfer window.

Soyuncu was nursing an injury when he signed but played for the development squad last month and twice completed 90 minutes for Turkey during the international break.

Puel said: "He came back from the break with a smile, with good fitness and a good mentality.

"He is available. He comes into the competition between players. The most important thing is to have a strong squad.

"Of course it is difficult for me to make a choice but I prefer this problem. We will see when he can start with the team. He is fit and ready."

Matty James is the only absentee for Leicester. The midfielder underwent surgery at the end of last season to correct an Achilles problem but he now requires another operation following a fresh injury issue.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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